PAD workshops | University of Oxford
Staff talk at UAS Conference
Staff talk at UAS Conference
Credit: Rob Judges

PAD workshops

Are you responsible for communications in your department or college? Would you like to find out more about best practice and share ideas with colleagues? These sessions are free of charge. Refreshments will be available and you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Details of each term's programme of workshops will be emailed at the beginning of the term to the Communications Officers Network. To join the network, please email

The programme for Hilary term 2017 is now complete. You can find the slides from this term's sessions below and from previous sessions on the previous workshops page.

Lunchtime sessions

These one-hour sessions give a high-level introduction to a current communications topic, with opportunity for questions and discussion. Numbers limited to 50-80, depending on room availability.

Introduction to the Public Affairs Directorate

Took place on 25 January 2017

This termly session is for those who are new to a communications role or to the collegiate University. It will give an introduction to the Public Affairs Directorate and the advice and services we provide. Book your place on Eventbrite.

Oxford, innovation and images

Took place on 6 February 2017

Following last term’s session on the innovation communications strategy, this interactive session led by Vicky Pearson from the Public Affairs Directorate will examine issues around how we illustrate innovation and what the images we use say about the university. Book your place on Eventbrite.

As this was an image and discussion-based session, there are no slides or sound recording.

Equality and diversity issues in communications

Took place on 8 March 2017

This session with Trudy Coe and Machilu Zimba from the University’s Equality and Diversity unit, considered equality and diversity issues at Oxford and talked through some of the implications for communications and how we strike a balance between where we are currently and our aspirations

We recorded the audio of this session - listen to it now here (requires SSO).

Communications at Oxford University Innovation

Took place on 15 March 2017

Also on the theme of innovation, Simon Gray and Gregg Bayes-Brown gave an insight into the communications and marketing strategy and activities at Oxford University Innovation, and how we can work together across all disciplines to support innovation communications.

We recorded the audio of this session - listen to it now here (requires SSO).

Innovation Communications Strategy

Took place 16 March 2017

Vicky Pearson from the Public Affairs Directorate outlined the University’s Innovation Communications Strategy, including progress on implementation of our first external campaign and how departments and colleges can get involved.

Sound recording to following soon.

Informal discussion group

Held once a term, these one-hour sessions are an opportunity for informal discussion with communications colleagues to share ideas and good practice. No agenda, no presentations - just a chance to talk and learn. To encourage discussion and participation, numbers limited to 30.

How do I get my research better known among parliamentarians?

Took place on 1 February 2017

What channels can be used to get the work of the university better known among MPs and Peers? Margaret Ounsley, Head of Government and Community Relations, led this informal discussion session about the different channels and tools you can use to raise the profile of your work in Westminster.

As this was an informal discussion session, there are no slides or sound recording.

Master classes

These 2-3 hour workshops explore a communications topic more deeply. Given that these sessions are more interactive, numbers are limited to 30.

Interviewing academics and translating technical language

Took place on 1 March 2017

Maria Coyle and Chris McIntyre from the News & Information Office in the Public Affairs Directorate shared some hints and tips for interviewing academics and turning technical academic language into text that is understandable to lay audiences.

PDF icon Interviews with Academics slides (01.02.2017)

We recorded the audio of this session - listen to it now here (requires SSO).

Continuing Professional Development points

If you are a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Affairs, you can collect Continuing Professional Development points when you attend these sessions. You will need to sign in at each session you attend to be eligible.

  • 5 CPD points when you attend 2 or more of the one-hour lunchtime sessions in a term (including the informal discussion group) - you will be issued with a completion certificate at the end of the term.
  • 5 CPD points for each master class - you will be issued with a completion certificate after the session.

Previous workshops

You can find the slides on the previous workshops page.

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